Strawberry Loaf with White Chocolate Chips
I love strawberries, but no matter how many I eat, I always seem to have a bunch left-over in the fridge. I usually end up dealing with them once half of them are past saving, and I cut the rest up and throw them in the freezer for smoothies. I know that next time I shouldn’t buy as many, but then I’m at the farmer’s market, and they look and smell so good – I just can’t resist, and I do the whole thing all over again.
I was recently contacted by the California Strawberry Commission about my balsamic strawberries. They’re doing a free iPhone app featuring strawberry recipes and wanted to include my recipe! They also have a twitter account where they often post links to interesting recipes and tips, and that’s what led me to end up making this loaf.
We were having people over, and I wanted to make some sort of dessert that would be easy to make and easy to serve. I had a bunch of strawberries sitting in the fridge, on the path to a slow death, and I came across this recipe on twitter. The recipe wasn’t vegan, and I didn’t have any bananas on hand, so I compared it Isa Chandra’s Bakery-Style Berry Muffins from Vegan Brunch. I figured it would be easier to use that recipe and just add the white chocolate chips, subbing strawberry soy yogurt for the vanilla that I usually use.
This was a monster loaf – I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but this thing was busting out of it’s pan. It was so moist and yummy. I sliced it and had in on a plate in the kitchen, and every time I would turn around, another piece was gone. I finally gave in and put it out, and before I knew it, the whole thing had vanished.
Next time I have strawberries I’ll make this loaf or make muffins. It’s so simple to put together and tastes so good! The combination of strawberries and white chocolate almost makes it taste like a strawberries and cream cake. You can also make this with frozen berries, so when I store up enough of my little bags of forgotten and frozen fruit, I’ll know I can give them new life with this recipe.